Valverde’s Barcelona proving dull but effective

By Rik Sharma MADRID, Dec 11 : Barcelona ground out a 2-0 victory over Villarreal on Sunday to go five points clear at the top of La Liga, continuing their excellent start to the season. On paper it has been business as usual for a Barcelona side accustomed to success, but Ernesto Valverde’s team play […]

Altidore goal propels Toronto FC to first MLS Cup

By Steve Keating TORONTO, Dec 10 : Jozy Altidore’s second half goal propelled a relentless Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday to claim their first Major League Soccer championship after a gut-wrenching loss in the final last year. Altidore ran onto a through ball from Sebastian Giovinco, outpaced the […]

Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Dec 8 : Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan. An Byong Jun, Kim Song Gi and […]

Barca held 2-2 by Celta, Messi ends goal drought

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Dec 2 : La Liga leaders Barcelona were held to a 2-2 home draw by Celta Vigo on Saturday as their former assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue dented their title hopes, while Atletico Madrid took advantage by coming from behind to beat Real Sociedad 2-1. Celta striker Iago Aspas silenced the […]

Fire me if you don’t like my opinions, Queiroz tells Iran

By Michael Church HONG KONG, Dec 2 : Carlos Queiroz has challenged Iran’s football authorities to remove him from his post as head coach of the country’s World Cup-bound national team if they do not appreciate his public criticism of preparations for next year’s finals in Russia. Iran have been drawn to face Queiroz’s native […]